M. Marta Guarna, Ph. D.

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Research Scientist

Research and outreach on honey bee health and pollination with BC and AB migratory colonies. Honey bee queen fertility, gut microbiome, infection diseases.

Current research and/or projects

- Microbiome and 'omic tools for assessing honey bee health. AAFC – Genome Canada  collaboration

- NGS of Bees and Pollen for Biosurveillance of Agricultural Pathogens and Invasive Species. AAFC – CFIA collaboration

- Blueberry Pollination and Bee Health. Stakeholder funded

- Honey bee queen health and fertility. Local production of honey bee queens in Canada

Professional activities / interests

- Chair, Research Committee, Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA)

- Supervision and mentoring of Post-doctoral Researcher, Research Assistant and students

Education and awards

 

- PhD, New York University, Biology Department

- Biochemistry, University of Buenos Aires, Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry

Key publications

  1. Guarna MM and CAPA members (2020) Research Report on Canadian Apicultural Projects. Prepared for CAPA: Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists. 21 December 2020. 20 pages.

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  2. Thebeau J, Wood S, Liebe D, Sobchishin L, Kozii I, Klein C, Medici de Mattos I, Zabrodski M, Roulin M, Debruyne J, Moshynskyy I, Sharafi M, Gerbrandt E, Milbrath M, Guarna MM, Wolf Veiga P, Simko E. (2020) In vitro effects of fungicides on the susceptibility of Honeybee (Apis mellifera) larvae to European foulbrood. Entomology 2020, 68th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, virtual meeting. 11-25 November 2020.

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  3. Gregoris A, Higo H, Wolf Veiga P, Ibrahim A, Common J, Pernal SF, Foster LJ, Bixby M, Guarna MM. (2020) European foulbrood may affect availability of honey bee colonies in pollination-deficient blueberry farms. Entomology 2020, 68th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, virtual meeting. 11-25 November 2020.

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  4. Ortega-Polo R, Vishwakarma S, Tran L, Gregoris A, Guarna MM (2020) A reproducible workflow for amplicon-based microbial community analysis using the drake R package. Bioinformatics Community Conference. 19-21 July 2020, virtual meeting. https://bcc2020.github.io/

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  5. Ortega Polo, R., Gregoris, A., Tran, L., Vishwakarma, S. & Guarna, M. M. Evaluation of the impact of sequencing depth and choice of bioinformatics methods in the taxonomic and functional profiling of the honeybee (Apis mellifera) microbiome. 28th Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology. Virtual conference. July 13-16, 2020

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  6. Pernal SF, Borba RS, Hoover SE, Currie RW, Guarna MM, Zayed A, Foster LJ (2019) Investigating colony-level health traits in Canada’s honey bee population Proceeding of the 2019 American Bee Research Conference, 10-12 Jan 2019, Tempe, AZ. Insects 11(2), 88; https://doi.org/10.3390/insects11020088

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  7. Pernal SF, Borba S, Hoover SE, Currie RW, Guarna MM, Zayed A, Foster LJ (2019) Novel Markers for Honey Bee Selection and Breeding. Entomology 2019, 67th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, 17-20 Nov 2019, St. Louis, MO. https://esa.confex.com/esa/2019/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/144719

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  8. Peirson M, Hoover S, Ovinge L, Ibrahim A, Guarna M, Pernal SF (2019) Treatment and supplemental feeding on colony production and survival in Canada. Proceedings of the 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress, p. 208, 8-12 Sep 2019, Montréal, QC. (Poster)

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  9. Guarna M, Bixby M, Higo H, Huxter E, Wolf Veiga P, Hoover S, Pernal SF Foster L, Pettis J, McAfee A, Page S (2019) Dynamics of queen demand and supply in Canada. Proceedings of the 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress, p. 11-12, 8 - 12 Sep 2019, Montréal, QC.

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  10. Gregoris A, Higo H, Wolf Veiga P, Ibrahim A, McAfee A, Common J, Vinson B, Pernal SF, Foster L, Guarna M (2019) Investigating incidences of European foulbrood and other pathogens in highbush blueberry-pollinating honey bees. Proceedings of the 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress, p. 195, 8-12 Sep 2019, Montréal, QC. (Poster)

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  11. Soares Borba R, Hoover S, Currie R, Giovenazzo P, Guarna MM, Foster L, Zayed A, Pernal SF (2019) Soares Borba R, Hoover S, Currie R, Giovenazzo P, Guarna MM, Foster L, Zayed A, Pernal SF (2019) Disentangling the honey bee pathogen-web and its dynamics on colony productivity, health phenotypes and social immunity behaviours. Proceedings of the 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress, p. 52-53, 8-12 Sep 2019, Montréal, QC.

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  12. Ibrahim A, Hoover S, Peirson M, Guarna M, Foster L, Pernal SF (2019) Marker-assisted selective breeding for resistance against American foulbrood (Paenibacillus larvae). Proceedings of the 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress, p. 190, 8-12 Sep 2019, Montréal, QC. (Poster)

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  13. Bixby M, Hoover S, Pernal SF, Guarna M (2019) Queen breeding in Canada: an overview. Proceedings of the 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress, p. 138-139, 8-12 Sep 2019, Montréal, QC.

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  14. Hoover S, Ovinge L, Kearns J, Ibrahim A, Guarna MM, Pernal SF, Wolf Veiga P. (2019) Quality and performance of imported and domestic queens. Proceedings of the 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress, p. 88, 8-12 Sep 2019, Montréal, QC.

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  15. MacInnis C, Schwarz R, Guarna M, Luong, L, Pernal SF (2019) Impacts of Nosema ceranae and Lotmaria passim on honey bee physiology and behaviour. Proceedings of the 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress, p. 49, 8-12 Sep 2019, Montréal, QC.
    https://www.apimondia.com/en/databases/congresses-proceedings/106-apimondia-2019-montreal-canada-proceedings

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  16. Pernal SF, Borba R, Hoover SE, Currie RW, Giovenazzo P, Guarna MM, Foster LJ, Zayed A (2019) Pathogenic associations with winter colony loss in Canada. Proceedings of the 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress, p. 46-47, 8 - 12 Sep 2019, Montréal, QC.
    https://www.apimondia.com/en/databases/congresses-proceedings/106-apimondia-2019-montreal-canada-proceedings

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  17. Bixby M, Guarna MM, Hoover SE, Pernal SF (2019) Canadian Honey Bee Queen Breeders’ Reference Guide. Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists, 55 pp. http://honeycouncil.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FinalQueenBreederReferenceGuide2018.pdf

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  18. Harpur, B.A., Guarna, M.M., Huxter, E., Higo, H., Moon, K.M., Hoover, S.E., Ibrahim, A., Melathopoulos, A.P., Desai, S., Currie, R.W., Pernal, S.F., Foster, L.J., Zayed, A., Eyre-Walker, A. (2019). Integrative Genomics Reveals the Genetics and Evolution of the Honey Bee's Social Immune System, 11(3), 937-948. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gbe/evz018

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  19. Guarna MM, Higo H, Foster LJ, McAfee A, Vinson B, Pettis JS, Pernal SF, Ibrahim A (2018) Blueberry pollination and honey bee health in Canada. 2018 Entomological Society of America, Entomological Society of Canada and Entomological Society of British Columbia Joint Annual Meeting, 11-14 Nov 2018, Vancouver, BC https://esa.confex.com/esa/2018/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/131608

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  20. MacInnis CI, Luong LT, Schwarz RS, Guarna MM, Pernal, SF (2018) Nosema ceranae and Lotmaria passim: partners in crime? EurBee 8, 8th Congress of Apidology, Abstract: 077, p. 105-106, 18-20 Sep 2018, Ghent, Belgium.

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Research facility

6000 C and E Trail
Lacombe, AB T4L 1W1
Canada

Expertise

Affiliations

- Adjunct Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of British Columbia

- Member of BCHPA (BC Honey Producers Association), ESA (Entomology Society of America), CAPA (Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists)

Language

English

Other languages

Spanish